Dec 17, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie (5) fights for control of the ball with Syracuse Orange forward Baye Keita (12) and guard Dion Waiters (3) during the first half at the RBC Center. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-US PRESSWIRE

Top Ten Moments of the Syracuse Basketball Season: #6

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During the slow season for college sports, Inside The Loud House is taking a look at the ten best moments from the 2011-2012 Syracuse Basketball Season. Check back for part V tomorrow!

Part I: Florida Comes To The Dome. 12/2/2011
Part II: Orange Snap Losing Streak To Pitt, Start 20-0 For First Time In School History. 1/16/2012
Part III: Syracuse Survives Three Point Barrage En Route To The Elite Eight. 3/22/2012
Part IV: “We’re #1!” Syracuse Disposes of George Washington. 12/10/2011
 

Number Six: The First True Road Test. 12/17/2011

Dec 17, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair (5) shoots over North Carolina State Wolfpack guard/forward C.J. Williams (21) during the first half at the RBC Center. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-US PRESSWIRE

Top-ranked Syracuse had plenty of statistics to boast through the first ten games of the season. Three of the ten victories had come against teams from a BCS Conference, with two of those victories coming at neutral site venues (albeit Madison Square Garden). The Orange were dominating in just about every defensive statistic. Six of the Orange’s wins were by twenty points or more. Yet one statistic stood out to critics more than any other:

“True” road wins.

The Orange had yet to play a “true” road game through that point of the season, so the North Carolina State game was a great opportunity to show the country what they are made of. Fresh off of receiving the number one ranking in the polls, the Orange were down early in the game before going on a 23-0 run towards the end of the first half to take control of the game. NC State came out in the second half with a rally of it’s own, tying the game at 50. A C.J. Fair layup in the second half gave Syracuse a 56-54 lead, a lead that they would not relinquish. Dion Waiters and Kris Joseph led the way for the Orange with 22 and 21 points respectively.

This game was memorable because of the circumstances surrounding the game. Facing a future ACC opponent in your first week as the country’s number one team, all in a hostile atmosphere with the student section rocking was great for this team. Not only that, but they fell in to a hole early, but then had one of their patented huge runs to come back and take control. This was a very memorable and gutsy win for this team.

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